HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2011 – Freshman forward Bethany Ashworth (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) tallied her first career goal, but Hofstra’s Colonial Athletic Association-leading offense scored three times in the second half to earn a 4-1 win over James Madison at the Hofstra Field Hockey Complex in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon.
Hofstra won its third straight to improve to 10-5 on the season and 3-1 in the CAA. The Dukes dropped to 4-6 and 1-3 in conference play.
HU forward Genna Kovar, the league’s second-leading scorer, paced the Pride with a goal and three assists for a five-point day. Fellow forward Krizia Layne chipped in a goal and two assists while Arielle Williams and Amy-Lee Levey each registered a goal. Williams had a game-high four shots with two of them reaching net.
Ashworth became the fourth different Madison freshman to score a goal this season and the fifth to record a point. She had one shot while sophomore back Amy Goldstein (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and freshman midfielder Dana Allaband (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) each tallied a pair of shots.
Senior goalkeeper Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) made one save while playing the first 51:41 in net. She took the loss to drop to 3-5 on the season. Sophomore Stephanie Tarafas (Suffolk, Va./Nanesmond River) did not allow a goal and made a save while playing 18 minutes, 19 seconds in relief.
Hofstra goalie Amanda Heyde turned away one shot and allowed a goal to earn the win and improve to 10-5 on the season.
The Pride outshot the Dukes 11-7 while the teams each attempted eight penalty corners.
Levey started the games’ scoring as she capitalized on a penalty corner opportunity in the 20th minute. Krizia inserted a pass to Kovar who set up Levey to blast it into the net for her sixth goal of the season.
Hofstra extended its lead to two just 1:23 into the second half. Kovar slipped a pass from the baseline to a falling Krizia who deflected it into the back of the net for her 16th goal of the season. Another penalty corner strike, this time by Williams and an unassisted goal by Kovar gave the Pride a 4-0 advantage.
Ashworth’s goal came in the game’s 64th minute, as a long through ball found its way to the rookie. She received the pass, made a quick move around Heyde and slipped the ball into an open net.
The Dukes return home on Friday, Oct. 7, as they host in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth at the JMU Field Hockey Complex at 7 p.m.
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